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Instant Movie Review #31 (Creed)

Ryan Coogler's - "Creed"

1) Performances
2) Story and Screenplay
3) Direction
4) Background Score

Introduction and Plot: Continuing the legacy established by his father, Apollo Creed, Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) comes to a decision to train with Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and prefers to pursue his career in boxing just like his father. After many requests from Adonis, Rocky finally agrees to train him as the story celebrates the heroic and the valiant journey of their lives that include several poignant moments from start to finish.

Analysis: Director Ryan Coogler, who previously made Fruitvale Station had done a phenomenal job with his remarkable writing skills. The characters were well-developed, the storyline felt significant and authentic and the grim unruly vibe made the film a lot more inspiring and entertaining. 

When it comes to the performances, the entire cast was remarkable to watch especially Stallone, who gave one of his best performances in a very long time and Jordan's transformation into this character felt very authentic and luminous.

Verdict: Overall, Creed succeeded to triumph over all the main attributes a film needs. The imposing storyline, astonishing direction and the phenomenal performances from the cast made the film stand out as one of the best movies of the year.

My Rating - 4/5
Grade - A (The best one around!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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The Expendables 3 - Movie Review

Verdict - "It's appalling and they're done!"

All of our favourite action movie stars in one giant movie. What could possibly go wrong? I would probably say everything!

The Expendables unify once again for the third time with few new lads and a female bouncer as they knock down the perilous Mel Gibson and his gang in a nowhere land. The same old storyline all over again and I'm sick and tired of it.

In detail, initially when the new cast members were announced along with Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford I was genuinely surprised and excited. It made me think that they were going for something new and contemporary. But right into the first thirty minutes of the movie I felt uncomfortable and eventually was bored to death.

I'l say, yes! It is indeed fun to watch these big name celebrities preposterously kicking ass of the goons. But we've already seen it two times before, I don't need a logical storyline too, all I need is some good writing and screenplay and that is my major complaint about the movie. The screenplay was soo mind-numbing and slapdash where it got to a point when I actually started moving my head horizontally with displeasure.

Out of the whole bunch, the new characters played Ronda Rousey, Kelan Lutz, Victor Ortiz and Antonio Banderas are nothing significant, they just need to give an adolescent look to the movie and I didn't really care about them. Didn't mind Banderas humour or Kelan's assertive face but Ronda Rousey is particularly horrible in her performance and I can understand the fact that she's not really an actor to give a decent performance.

Stallone, Arnold and Statham had nothing new to deliver and by far the most impressive performances are from Mel Gibson and Wesley Snipes. They both had few notable moments in the movie and Gibson is astounding as the bad guy.

Nevertheless, The Expendables is a worn out franchise, the fact that it made 27.4 million domestically till now conceals the fact that people are not interested to watch any more of these movies. I didn't find the movie either funny, cheesy or interesting and is unfortunately the worst part of this franchise. Hope they are trying something novel in the fourth installment Expendabelles (female version).

My Rating - 1.5/5
Grade - D+ (Hangover!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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